Camino Primitivo, Day 3,



Until late into the morning, thick mist was covering the countryside. An incredible silence was laying over meadows and fields, only interrupted by the ringing of cowbells and occasional squawks of crows.











Mullein and poppy
Mullein and poppy









An unusual spider web
An unusual spider web










After walking for more than 3 miles, I stopped in the village of Promoño to have breakfast.  Here, I also visited the Roman ruins of Valduna.







Excavation of the Roman thermal bath Valduna
Excavation of the Roman thermal bath Valduna



In the town of Grado, there was market day. People were sitting in the outdoor cafes, selling, buying and negotiating.  I also bought bread, cheese and fruit for dinner and breakfast. The albergue I was planning to stay did not provide food.






It was raining when I arrived at the albergue San Juan de Villapañada, located a bit off the main trail.  Many pilgrims had wet cloth.  The Hospitalero put a line across the room, where we hang our cloth to dry overnight.







Sleeping room of the albergue San Juan
Sleeping room of the albergue San Juan



Cloth line above the dinner tables
Cloth line above the dinner tables



Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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